UPDATE: Man arrested on suspicion of trying to sexually assault woman at Poway park

POWAY (KUSI) – A 38-year-old man was behind bars Tuesday on suspicion of attempting to sexually assault a woman in broad daylight at a Poway park, authorities said.

Ryan Joseph Rasmussen is accused of grabbing the victim from behind, pulling her to the ground and trying to sexually assault her around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the Poway Community Park on Civic Center Drive, just south of Poway Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

A witness heard the 34-year-old woman’s screams and pulled the suspect off her, sheriff’s Lt. Chad Boudreau said.

The victim called 911, but her assailant fled on a bicycle before deputies arrived, Boudreau said.

Detectives arrested Rasmussen on Monday “without incident” on suspicion of assault with intent to commit rape, the lieutenant said.

The alleged assailant was booked into San Diego Central Jail around 10:40 p.m. Monday night, according to jail records. He was being held in lieu of $500,000 bail pending arraignment, tentatively scheduled for April 6.


POWAY (KUSI) – A man who attempted to sexually assault a woman at a Poway park but stopped and fled when a good Samaritan intervened, remained at large Monday.

The attempted assault happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday near the Poway Boys and Girls Club in the park just south of Poway Road, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Michael Knobbe said.

A 34-year-old woman screamed for help and a person who was nearby intervened, Knobbe said. The woman then called 911 for help, but the assailant was gone by the time deputies arrived.

The suspect was described as a roughly 5-foot-11 balding white man between the ages of 35 and 40 and weighing between 230 and 240 pounds, with short, white hair. He was last seen wearing a cream- or gray-colored T-shirt and gray or black sweatpants or shorts.

Anyone with information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff’s department at 858-565-5555 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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